Māori Language Week: The history of Maruia Springs

Tourism West Coast
Sept. 16, 2018

To celebrate Māori Language Week we want to share with you the history of Maruia Springs on the West Coast:

Ko Maruia tetahi puna waiwera tawhito kei te Lewis Pass. 

He ngahere he maunga tiketike tngā whenua ki ngā tahataha o te puna. Ko te whakamaramatanga o te kupu "Maruia," he wahi haumaru, he wahi mauri tau. 

Kua roa ngā wai nei e mahia ana hei wahi whakata, whakapiki ora. I te tuatahi, he wahi okioki mo ngā kaihokohoko pounamu i a rātou e hari atu ana i te taonga rā mai te hauauru. 

Ka whakawhiti atu rātou i ngā paemaunga o Lewis Pass kia tae atu ki Aotearoa whānui.  He maha nga pakanga ki kō, a ko Maruia te puna whakapiki ora, whakapiki kaha, whakatā hoki.

English Translation

Maruia Hot Springs is a historical natural thermal mineral spring located in the beautiful Lewis Pass National Reserve. 

The property is surrounded by pristine primary native beech forest and rugged high mountains. In New Zealand’s indigenous language Māori, “Maruia,” appropriately translates to shelter, haven or comfortable place.

This site has been a place of relaxation, rejuvenation and healing for centuries. It was firstly used by weary Māori Pounamu (jade or greenstone) traders who carried this treasured rock from its origins on the the West Coast. 

Through the mountainous Lewis Pass to greater New Zealand. Along this route there were many tribal battles and Maruia Hot Springs was used as a place to heal battle wounds, recover from trauma and rest in the comfort of hot mineral springs.